A brief history of Cuckoo Clocks
The first cuckoo clocks were made around 1800 in a region of
Germany called the Black Forest by a man named Franz Anton Ketterer.
Soon after the people of the Black Forest region began to carve and
make more cuckoo clocks. The clocks were made all winter long, and
then sold across Europe by peddlers during the summer months. Cuckoo
clocks were considered works of art and have been collected ever
since. Today the wonderful craftsmanship of the cuckoo clock can be
What is a Cuckoo Clock?
A cuckoo clock is a wall or shelf clock that announces time
intervals with the sound and sometimes emergence of a cuckoo bird or
How do Cuckoo Clocks work?
Cuckoo clocks are operated by three weights and a pendulum. The
first weight and the pendulum provide the clocks timekeeping function,
the second weight controls the cuckoo and movements, and the third
weight controls the music. The weights hang under the clock by chains
and slowly drop as the clock operates. The weights need to be
What is the difference between Traditional and Chalet Cuckoo Clocks?
Chalet cuckoo clocks are always cased in a mountain cabin or
'chalet' whereas traditional cuckoo clocks are cased in a variety of
other styles and designs.
What is the
difference between a 1-day and an 8-day Cuckoo Clock?
With a 1-day cuckoo clock you have to pull the weights to wind
it every 24 hours and with an 8-day cuckoo clock you do this every
Can Cuckoo Clocks be turned off at night?
Yes, most clocks have a night shut-off lever located under the
weights, which allows you to disable the sounds and movements at